She had style, she had grace.

I was saddened to see the usual crowd of happy-bashers out in force over Kate and Wills engagement.  According to them, Kate will now have to ‘be more in fashion now’, and less ‘boring’, and mon dieu, wear more makeup as she often doesn’t wear any.  Even her lovely hair wasn’t spared the viciousness from the unhappy masses.  The way I see it,  everything she’s done her own way has worked for her, so why change that?

And then I read The Sartorialist to find a comment on Natalia Alaverdian, a personal style icon, about she dresses too ‘safe’.  As if safe, whatever it is, is a bad thing.  It was Coco Chanel herself, great founder of easy chic and gorgeous minimalism who urged women to take off the last thing they put on.

Here are some shots of Natalia being ‘safe’.  There is something very elegant in embracing who you are as a person, and letting it show through what you wear – not the other way around.

I will never understand the great fear of being boring when all of us are so interesting as individuals.

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6 comments

  1. A lot of people like to go through life tearing others down in a misguided attempt to increase their feeling of self worth. It is a much harder thing to put yourself out there and give it a go, than to comment from the sidelines.

    Unless someone is harming someone else, people engaging in public criticisms and negative commentary would be better off finding something worthwhile to spend their energies on.

    Good on you Miss G for once again being the voice of reason!

    Cheers,

    James.

  2. I actually have no idea who Natalia is, and this is kind of irrelevant, but I like how in those pictures she appears to be using the same bag and shoes. So many current style icons, like the Kardashians, apologise for being photographed wearing the same item twice. True style is being able to put together creative outfits with a limited number of clothes and accessories, rather than wearing a new trendy thing all the time, only to discard it after a couple of uses. In my humble non-fashionista opinion, anyway!

    p.s. I followed the link to your blog on vogue, I’m sezzajezza on there in case you’re wondering who the eff I am.

  3. I agree – I think Kate’s style is chic and simple, and far from boring! her style suits her, so why change it? And I think it’s far from boring – it’s a sort of preppy college look, and when she attends more formal events, her attire is pretty and feminine with a hint of sex appeal. I don’t think she should change a thing.

    Actually, her style reminds me a lot of Princess Mary of Denmark – simple, timeless elegance.

  4. i like natalia’s use of the same accessories, it shows she actually have a sense of personal style.
    the gratuitous use of it bags/accessories which is so prevalent reeks of insecurity and is bereft of a sense of personal ownership.
    i’m not a uge fan of how kate dresses. she looks nice and all, but to me just a regular young woman. her main focus doesn’t seem to be fashion or being fashionable.

  5. I love Kate. I think her style is beautiful and timeless and I would much rather she be chic than trendy. I had no idea that she doesn’t wear much makeup, she always looks flawless but never overdone. I agree that her hair is lovely and I hope she doesn’t change it. Sometimes I think that when it comes to fashion, the desire to be different can often cause you to become lost in styles that essentially aren’t ‘you’ and will never look any good. Thanks for the heads up about Natalia, I had never heard of her before and I love her style!

  6. Completely agree with you, I didn’t know about Natalia, but she is just stunning, and I’m very much of the “only wear it if it suits you, then stick to it” camp. As for Kate, I think that though its sad people are so judgemental, its probably just a preview of whats to come for her. Which is a sad indictment on our society.

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